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Heavily pregnant Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), a London-
He drives Vidya to the address at which her husband was staying, and on the way explains how everyone in Calcutta has two names: an official name and a pet name. This duality is an integral component of Sujoy Ghosh’s intricate and convoluted tale which borrows heavily from Western film technique and appears to be striving for a style reminiscent of Hitchcock.
The hotel manager has no record of Arnab, but Vidya insists on staying in the room in which her husband told her he was staying. From there, she orchestrates a determined search of the city, enlisting the aid of the young police officer who slowly
develops a romantic attachment to her despite her advanced pregnancy. Vidya’s first visit is to the National Data Centre, where Arnab was supposed to be working, but the HR officer there has no recollection of her husband. The school he was supposed to have attended as a boy also has no record of him. Nor can the police find his name on the passenger list of the flight he was supposed to have arrived on.
Despite this absence of proof that Arnab ever visited the places identified by Vidya, she and Rana slowly, and with admirable ingenuity and a touch of luck, chip away at what initially appear to be impenetrable obstacles, and also overcome the aggressive discouragement of Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a bad tempered intelligence officer. The couple discover that her husband looked like a man called Milan Damji, who worked at NDC two years before and suddenly disappeared. Khan insists Damji doesn’t exist, but Vidya refuses to be swayed.
Kahaani, which translates to ‘Story’ in English, is one of those movies that periodically
delivers small, frustratingly inconclusive parcels of information, thus ensuring
that audience interest is maintained throughout. Vidya is a daunting heroine who
goes about the task of locating the husband she fears might be dead with a quiet,
steely determination that belies her condition. Writer and director Sujoy Ghosh
does a good job of keeping the tension and suspense bubbling as she does so, meting
out action set-